9/15: Self-Care for Caring Professionals
This is a collaborative workshop offered by Michelle Turbide and Topaz Weis. It is intended for clinicians, social workers, nurses, caregivers, teachers, body workers, or any helping professional. Created as an introduction to multi-modal expressive arts, we will explore the use of these modalities as a resource for self-care and harvesting a more ‘embodied’ presence in our lives and work.
Expressive arts are often used for stress reduction, physical and emotional healing, and the understanding of self. Everyone needs to care for themselves, but those of us in the helping professions need to take special care to do this, as we are the resource that drives our work.
The workshop engages in experiential exercises to explore career values, strengths, and the integration of the two utilizing movement, art making, written/spoken word, as well as process/discussion. No talent or previous art experiences are required.
Friday Sept. 15th, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm,
Cost: $200 (includes all materials)
6 CEU approved from NASW-VT
Topaz, thank you for an incredible class! You created a safe and stimulating environment that allowed me to explore myself through the arts in its many forms! It was the just the right balance of teaching, guidance, variety and space to cultivate and nurture my creative and unfolding self. You took me to my creative edge and supported my expansion! Truly delightful! Thank-you!”
— Niko Pruesse, Strozzi Life Coach
9/7 – 9/21: Creatercise!
Tune in and tone up your creativity muscles by engaging in intuitive processes using visual art, movement, meditation and writing. Liberate your imaginative spirit and play. Celebrate as insights and direction magically unfurl from your heart and mind bringing new perspectives into your life. This multi-modal approach to creativity opens pathways in the brain that help to manifest an overall sense of wellness.
There is a luscious quality of companionship that permeates the studio as we “workout” together in community. This is a great way to get your creativity on as you de-stress and unwind at the end of the day. No previous experience or talent required.
Welcome in your open heart and playful nature. Ask your inner critic to take a walk. You can rejoin it after, if you think you need to!
Sept 7 – Sept 28
Time: 4:45pm – 6:45pm
Cost: Registered by August 31: $50. After Aug 31st: $60
For information and registration call: (802)343-8172.
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Expressive Arts Burlington is the product of a visionary. Topaz has developed a landscape of opportunity to create, play and engage in a process which is fun, expressive and rich with meaning.” — Katey Wyndorf
Honoring Our Archetypes: A Collaging Playshop
Back by Popular Demand! Join Topaz Weis as she guides you in collaging cards to honor the archetypes that are guiding your life story.
Archetypes are the encompassing, reoccurring roles that shape and define human experience, yet they are personal to each of us. Carl Jung suggests archetypes comprise psychological patterns derived from historical roles and events in life, such as the Mother, Child, Trickster, and Healer. Creating cards around multiple archetypes will help us to discover how these powerful “personalities” influence all aspects of our journey (psychological, spiritual, financial, career, relationships, and creativity.) So much wisdom can be gained to enrich our lives and enlighten our journey.
Reserve your space by calling Topaz at: (802) 343-8172. Sign up for all 10, 5 or one at a time. Registration required. Early registration secures your spot as space is limited.
No previous art experience necessary.
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, beginning August 17, 2017.
This series runs from Aug 6th to Jan. 21th. (with no session Sept. 3, Labor Day Weekend)
Punch cards are available for the full series of 10 classes for $200, 5 classes for $150 or drop-in single rate of $35. All materials provided.
9/30: Hearts and Noses
An Improv and Clown Acting Workshop for Boys, ages 9 – 12, and the Adults who Love Them.
Don’t miss this chance to play together in the delightful, delectable world of clowning around. You’ll have a chance to laugh and play with others in a supportive environment. Here you can find a forum for connecting deeply, parent and child, and enhance or transform your relationship in the physically exaggerated world of the clown. We all have clowns living inside us, waiting to be invited to come out and play!
- Develop your own personal clown.
- Explore issues of collaboration.
- Initiate a ‘yes….and’ framework of communication.
- Build cooperation and mutual respect.
- Noses Provided! No experience necessary.
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Cost: $75 per adult/child pair (Each boy must be accompanied by one parent or other special adult in their life.)
Please bring any items for personal use and to share that could be incorporated into a clowning costume, i.e. hats, baggy clothes, bow ties, suspenders etc.For more info and registration call: (802) 343-8172
Please send payment to 200 Main St Suite 9, Burlington, Vt. 05401
Family/Couple Touch Drawing “Studio Date”
Call to set up your date today!
Family/Couple Touch Drawing is for artists of any level, including absolute beginners. Imagine a private 2 hour opportunity to bond with your partner or family in the fulfilling realm of creativity. With Touch Drawing you can experience inner authentic imagery coming alive on the page and have no expertise or talent at all! Paper is placed over a piece of Plexiglas to which paint has been applied. Wherever the paper is touched, an imprint is made. Impulses from within take form on paper through the movement of the fingertips on the page. This intuitive, meditative process moves us deeply into ourselves. Sharing this process with family members is fun, builds trust and supports closeness in a gentle, non-judgmental atmosphere. You’ll each walk away with at least one finished canvas, a whole lot of raw material to use for future projects and some great memories.
Prices include all basic Touch Drawing supplies & 1 canvas or watercolor paper per participant. Additional canvases will be available for purchase at the studio.
Two Hour “Studio Dates” by Appointment
$300 for 2 parents and 2 children
$200 for a couple
$150 for 1 parent with 1 child
$100 for each additional adult
$50 for each additional children
Family/Couple Touch Drawing is available by appointment only. For more information and to set up appointment: contact: (802) 343-8172 or firstname.lastname@example.org The deposit for your session can be sent to: Expressive Arts Burlington, 200 Main St. #9, Burlington, Vt. 05401 Please include your name, email address and phone number with your check.
Coming of Age: Mothers and Daughters
Do you wish there was a place and rite of passage to welcome girls into womanhood? This workshop provides mothers and daughters (ages 11 – 14) or (ages 8 – 11) a fun and creative forum to explore their changing relationships as daughters make their transition from the realm of childhood into the circle of women. Come play, dance, sing, tell stories and make art together with other mothers and daughters in a celebration of our lives. This workshop is a 6 week commitment and is limited to a total of 12 participants.
No previous art experience necessary.
Call for dates and/or sign-up. (802) 343-8172
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“In a word, this class is magical. If you are an artist in a creative rut- or another type of soul searcher- this class
will be a great gift to yourself. My fellow classmates were amazing and Topaz is a truly inspired and knowledgeable instructor!” — M Ketterling